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Petal toss Saturday raises funds for LLS

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By Beverly Lane Lorenz

The Sun City Carolina Lakes Friends of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) will hold a fundraiser at the lake behind the Lake House at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17.
Featured speaker for the event is Makayla Croce, 14, who is raising funds in honor of her Aunt Carla, who died in 2016. Makayla is the granddaughter of Shirley and Anthony Croce, who live in Sun City and are members of the Friends of LLS.
A freshman at Lincoln Charter School in Denver, N.C., Makayla is participating in the 2018 LLS Student of the Year program, a seven-week initiative in which Charlotte area students compete to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
 “I enjoy community service and helping to improve the lives of others,” Makayla said. “Each dollar is a vote and the candidate team who raises the most money at the end of the seven weeks is named Student of the Year.”
Joining Makayla for the event is Bonnie Peterson, who is not only the leader of the Sun City Friends of LLS, but also the mother of Scott Peterson, a 10-year survivor. 
“Our son, Scott, won Man of the Year for the Charlotte region of LLS, crushing previous records,” Peterson said. “He was then named National Man of the Year because his $378,000 was the most raised by any other man in the nation.”
 “My mission is to not only raise the most money, but also to bring attention to blood cancers like leukemia, which is the most common form of cancer in children and teens,” Makayla said. “Will you help me and my team, Buena Salute, by donating funds toward the campaign?”
Funds raised support LLS-funded research and provide critical information and support for patients. They also support advocacy for laws to ensure patients can access the care and treatments they need.
Those who donate will have the chance to sprinkle environmentally friendly flower petals in the lake on the day of the event. 
“Donors may honor friends and/or family members who are survivors of cancer, remember those who have lost their battle, and celebrate the strides that have been made in the fight against cancer,” said Shirley Croce.
If you plan to attend the Feb. 17 ceremony, please RSVP Shirley Croce at (803) 802-4283 or scclShirl2aol.com, so organizers will have enough petals for all. The event’s rain date is Feb. 18.
“All proceeds go directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help fund research and patient advocacy. You may pay in advance or at the ceremony,” Croce said.
Make checks payable to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Charlotte. Mail them to 4530 Park Road, Suite 240, Charlotte, NC  28209 and write SOY Makayla Croce in the memo line or go to Makayla’s secure website at http://bit.ly/mecSOY and click “Donate now” to use a credit card.
“Don’t forget to read Makayla’s story and motivation for fundraising,” Croce said.